Scultpture in wood, stone, metal - and all sizes
This museum is dedicated to one of the most famous artists of Taiwan, Ju Ming. Details on the museum can be found here.
Adventures of Norbert
Senmaida (千枚田) is one of the famous sight seeing spots on the Noto peninsula. These photos were taken during the winter light up opening ceremony on 2012-11-10. (more inside)Senmaida (千枚田) is one of the famous sight seeing spots on the Noto peninsula. Every year they do some light up with candles, but for this winter the have planned a new event, with led lights lighting up the fields and tracks throughout the winter. For that they also use only solar power, for which they will appear in the Guiness Book of Records for the biggest solar powered led backed display (or whatever).
Besides the very nice atmosphere we were entertained with life music, food stalls, and a small fire work. All in all well worth the trip to far Wajima.
For more information on the event, see http://semmaida.kuronowish.com/kirameki/.
An explosion of colors at the Superrindo this year - a trip during the best time (see more inside)This years coloring of the leafs was strong, very intense. With three friends we managed to go at the peak of the season to the famous Superrindo on Mount Hakusan.
The Superrindo runs from Ichirino in Ishikawa prefecture to Shirakawago (world heritage site) in Gifu prefecture, and climbs high up into the mountains.
A short trip over night to one of my favorite Ryokan, the Superrindo, a short hike, enjoying the colored leafs (see more inside)A short trip over night to one of my favorite Ryokan, the Superrindo, a short hike, enjoying the colored leafs. Since long we wanted to stay once at this ryokan, and although we didn't manage for long time, we have been visiting the Onsen of the ryokan very often. This time it worked out, and we stayed the first time there, the Roan in Ichirino, just opposite the ski area. A beautiful and comfortable Ryokan.
Arriving in the late afternoon we relaxed a bit in the room, then enjoyed the wonderful private spa, followed by an excellent dinner.
The next day driving over the Superrindo, the street going up around the Hakusan mountain connecting Ishikawa with Gifu. This years coloring of the leaves was very nice. From the top of the Superrindo we made a short (less than 2h) hike to Mt.Sanpo.
Wine-Mushroom gourmet party - how to enjoy good food (see more inside)Thanks to a friend I could participate in a very very special wine-gourmet party. And since long, since very long, I could have Porcini (Boletus Boletus, Steinpilz) again. It was a real feast.
A surprise Halloween party with excellent food at Il Corraggio in Kanazawa. Pity that we forgot our costums.
A short hike to a remote hut near Yarigadake, with natural springs around the hut (see more inside)Again Yarigadake, this time not on the ridge but down in the valley, where there is Yumata Onsen. To reach it one has to go to Nanakura in Nagano Prefecture, park the the Nanakura parking and take a taxi to the Takase dam (or walk). From there it is a nice 3 hour hike to the Onsen.
The place to stay is a simple but nice hut, and many people also put up their tents around the place. The hike itself is very easy, accessible with kids.
The Onsens in the area are right in the river, or next to it, below the hut and above the hut. Including some beautiful forms, one even national heritage (as far as I understood).
Thanks to Masumi for teaching me the place.
Another trip to Noto, this time we stopped at a desolate tourist place near Ganmon. Not much left but ruins, and beautiful views onto the sea.
A trip to Austria enjoying the summer, with visits to Wachau and Salzburg. (more inside)This summer I spent two weeks in Austria, attending a wedding of my cousin and travelling around to Wachau and Salzburg with Yoko.
A wonderful time, especially seeing my family for a bit longer and catching up with friends feels so nice when you are living abroad.
A few days on a small island off the coast from Niigata. Nice nature, a few temples, good sake, interesting food.
Hanami- the cherry blossoming - in Ishikawa. Maybe not as famous as other spots in Japan, but still beautiful, especially around the Kiba-gata.
A working trip to Sendai combined with a short excursion to Matsushima.
Kairakuen, Tsukuba, Apricot blossoms - a short trip to the other side of Japan. (more inside)Kairakuen, Tsukuba, Apricot blossoms - a short trip to the other side of Japan.
Living in Kanazawa we often see the Kenrokuen. But there are another two famous gardens in Japan: The Korakuen in Okayama and the Kairakuen in Mito. We used a few days off to pay Kairakuen a visit, and on the way also visited Tsukuba and the space center there, and apricot blossoming.
A seminar in logic allowed me to visit Kusatsu Onsen again. And of course enjoyed skiing and Onsen there.
Deeply hidden in the mountains, at the roots of Hakusan, lies the small village Shiramine, famous for lots of snow, onsen, kata-tofu, and very nice Snowman Festival.
An incredible rich New Years Party with phantastic food in a small place near Kanazawa.
Giant trees, lush landscape - the world heritage site Yakushima, a small island in the south of Japan, was our New Year's trip 2011/2012.
Okinawa - not only beaches, but history, culture, and loads of natures
Volunteering in Ishinomake
Right after the earthquake and Tsunami three of us went to Ishinomaki, one of the worst hit places, for 3 days of volunteer work. A depressing time.